July 21, 2016 – Santa Barbara –

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, elegant tern, humpback whales, Santa Barbara

2016 07-21 SB Channel

A great day in the northern Channel with tons of humpback whales and long-beaked common dolphins.  Captain Eric and his crew had a wonderful trip and there was never anything but a few minutes total in which dolphins were not all around the Condor Express.  Over 2,500 dolphins and 4 humpback whales were watched closely, with more whales in the area.

Things got rolling a few miles out from Santa Barbara when the first batch of a few hundred dolphins were found chasing northern anchovies around.  The bait fish were in little groups (not huge bait balls) and thus the dolphins kept busy moving around on the hunt.

West of the dolphins we started to find humpback whales.  One was particularly friendly and did circles around the boat.  Wow!   Members of the humpback fan club had some rare selfie moments for sure.

Moving further west until we were about 6 miles of Campus Point, another couple of actively feeding humpback whales were located, again common dolphins were all around the zone.

It was a bright and sunny day that started off without much of a breeze.  The wind picked up in the afternoon so we ran east at that time and rode downhill.

You never know what Mother Nature has in store.
Bob Perry
Condor Express